Sensory

  • IFT 2019 Trend Review

    Feed Your Future with 2019 IFT Trends Many food industry trends were on display to feed your future at this year’s annual Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. From different takes on cajun cuisine and snacks, to alternative proteins and African flavors, IFT 2019 did not disappoint. Our trend experts walked […]

  • May 2019 Trend Brief: Crafted Infusions

    Craft Food and Beverage Infusions Handcrafted at a premium is a trend that we predict to see more of in 2019. The craft beer movement has led to an increase in diverse flavors within the beer category, just as craft foods are influencing product development. Craft markets are gaining traction in several different areas of […]

  • Case Study: Heat Delivery in Salsa

    Understanding Heat Delivery Differences A US salsa manufacturer was seeking help to ensure that their products labeled ‘mild,’ ‘medium’ and ‘hot’ were representative of the targeted pungency intensity ranges in their established markets. The manufacturer realized that they did not have the resources to conduct this research. They sent samples of their salsa base and […]

  • HeatSync Heat Index

    Mainstream Heat With the help of Innova Market Insights, Kalsec has tracked a steady growth in global new product introductions with hot and spicy flavors and ingredients through our HeatSync® heat index for 11 years. As leaders in heat management and capsicum extracts, we invest in maintaining the most up-to-date knowledge on hot and spicy […]

  • Case Study: Color Stability in Cheese Slices

    Achieving the Correct Hue A producer of processed dairy products, including cheese, was attempting to match color with a natural option in cheese slices for a quick service restaurant (QSR). They needed to achieve the QSR’s base color in order to win the business, while using beta carotene as the natural source. The producer met […]

  • March 2019 Trend Brief: Spicy Specificity

    Specificity in Spicy Foods Consumers are intrigued by more than just a heat level in the spicy foods and beverages they consume. Their preferences are expanding beyond mild, medium and hot to specific pepper flavors, like ancho, serrano and habanero. The macro trend for specificity delves deeper than peppers, as consumers seek transparency in the […]

  • February 2019 Trend Brief: Non-Alcoholic Beer

    Trends in Low-Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic (NA) Beer A sophisticated effort for good beer-like non-alcoholic beers has emerged to meet the demand for more low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beer options. European countries are leading the way in the NA beer segment, where they have been more accepted by patrons for several years. The trend for low-alcohol and […]

  • Pickling and Fermenting

    Food Preservation As the notion of reducing food waste gains momentum among consumers, the importance of food preservation is taking the spotlight. This is in line with the macro trend for clean label. “Consumers are increasingly demanding the use of naturally derived preservatives in foods as concerns over the safety of chemical additives has arisen […]

  • Top Food Trend Predictions for 2019

    Flavor Trends That are Here to Stay What is the next kale? Are consumers done with sriracha? What is chocho? Do you ever find yourself anxiety baking? Kalsec compiled a list of top food trends from expert sources in the food industry. In doing this, we developed our own predictions for 2019. We encourage you […]

  • A Review of Top Food Trends in 2018

    Which Food Trends Happened in 2018? Food and flavor trend predictions for 2019 are already taking over inboxes, but Kalsec is taking a moment to reflect on trends from 2018. At the beginning of 2018 we predicted five trends that we expected to see develop throughout the year. An educated prediction has much more value […]